5 long haul experiences for animal lovers

06 April 2018

One of the best things about travelling long haul is the chance to discover a whole new world of wonderful wildlife and natural beauty. The sheer variety of animals, experiences and habitats across the globe is truly stunning, and your Travel Counsellor is on hand to tailor a unique trip to suit you.

Whether it’s a Big Five safari in Africa, watching orangutans in Borneo or seeing monkeys flying from tree to tree in Bali, read on to discover five unforgettable animal encounters across the world.


Sri Lanka

Packed full of mesmerising sights, wonderful wildlife and palm-fringed beaches, the tear-shaped island of Sri Lanka promises to deliver a truly unforgettable travel experience for animal lovers!

The Udawalawe National Park is one of the best places to spot the famous Sri Lankan elephant, whilst Yala National Park, the second largest national park on the island, is home to sloth bears, elephants, monkeys, crocodiles and some of the largest number of the elusive leopard in their natural habitat. If bird watching is more your thing, the Kumana National Park is considered to be one of the most important nesting and breeding grounds in Sri Lanka, and the Bundala National Park is where you’ll be able to spy flocks of flamingos, herons and storks.


For an authentic African safari experience, there’s no place like Tanzania! From the dramatic volcanic landscape of the Ngorongoro Crater to the fascinating Olduvai Gorge, this incredible country is home to nearly every species of African animal imaginable!

Of course, no visit to Tanzania would be complete without mentioning the legendary Serengeti; undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary anywhere in the world. Unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere, the Serengeti will take your breath away.  Witness the Great Migration thundering through the plains; an absolute must for first timers to Tanzania!

Kota Kinabalu (Sandakan), Malaysia

Animal lovers will not want to miss Malaysia! Head into the emerald-green Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve and prepare to be wowed by the spectacular sight of the furry, long-limbed orangutans!

In a breathtaking jungle setting, the world-famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre cares for orphaned, abandoned and abused orangutans so that they can return to their natural habitat. Set up in 1964 by Barbara Harrison and covering 43 square kilometres of lush rainforest, around 60 to 80 semi-wild orangutans call this area home. Watch these majestic creatures as they swing through the jungle for feeding time and see young orangutans as they train to use the ropes and trees!


Whilst you’d be forgiven for never leaving your sun lounger during a holiday in blissful Bali, head inland and you’ll soon discover that there’s much more to this idyllic island than its glorious coastline.

Artsy Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. Surrounded by lush rainforest, cascading jungle valleys and terraced paddy fields, Ubud is a must-see during your stay. Watch monkeys fly from tree to tree at The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Home to approximately 700 macaques, who live among over 180 species of trees, this is one of the island’s most popular attractions. Also, near Ubud, you’ll find the Taro Elephant Safari Park, home to 27 Sumatran elephants which have been made homeless by deforestation.

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